FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2010
South Pass Rest Area reopens; Gooseberry Rest Area closes
A rest area improvement project is continuing in northwest Wyoming.
The South Pass Rest Area has reopened, and Gooseberry Rest Area closed until further notice beginning Tuesday, Jan. 5, according to Erik Smith, Wyoming Department of Transportation resident engineer in Lander.
The South Pass Rest Area on WYO 28 near the Sweetwater River, more than 45 miles south of Lander.
“The improvements to the South Pass facility improve our ability to serve the public at the rest area,” Smith said.
The Gooseberry Rest Area is on WYO 120 between Thermopolis and Meeteetse.
“Travelers will need to make alternate rest stop plans during this closure,” Smith said. “We apologize for the inconvenience.”
Smith said an improved Diversion Dam Rest Area between Riverton and Dubois on US 26-287 may reopen as early as next week, while the Greybull Rest Area on US 14-16-20 near Greybull may close next week until further notice.
L.M. Olson Inc., of Rawlins, is the prime contractor on the $2.2 million rest area improvement project. Improvements are also happening at the Sweetwater Station Rest Area on US 287 southeast of Lander and south of Riverton, and Waltman Rest Area between Shoshoni and Casper on US 20-26.
The northwest Wyoming rest area improvement project includes building demolition, additions and other upgrades to existing buildings, including mechanical, electrical and plumbing systems; and site improvements and modifications, including storm sewer, sidewalks, picnic arbor modifications, masonry, landscaping, playgrounds, and other work.
The rest area improvement project is being funded through the federal American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.
Completion date for the project is Aug. 27, 2010.
WYDOT contact for this project is Resident Engineer Erik Smith, 332-4151.
MEDIA: For questions about this news release, contact Cody Beers, WYDOT District 5 public involvement specialist, at 856-1341.